Staying on the right side of the law

There are a number of laws and regulations that apply to your business. There are the obvious penalties of prosecution, but the full cost of non-compliance can be hidden. For example, an offence against a company can result in higher insurance premiums or difficulty in obtaining loans.  

As a business owner or manager, it is your responsibility to make sure you comply with the legislations including:

  • The Environmental Protection (Duty of Care) Regulations 1991.
  • The Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005.
  • Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006.
  • The Water Resources Act 1991.
  • The Noise and Statutory Nuisance Act 1993.
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002.
  • Building Regulations 2000.
  • The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.
  • The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Laws and regulations concerning environmental protection, which tourism businesses should be aware of and comply with, include:

  • Keeping up-to-date copies of relevant environmental legislation together with the records of your compliance, for example Waste Transfer Notes, Consignment Notes or other registration details. Record any remedial action you may have had to take.
  • Be aware of and satisfy any special, local requirements. Examples could include national park legislation or drainage bye laws.

Detailed and up-to-date guidance on environmental legislation specific to tourism business can be downloaded in our guide below.